A Life Free From Digestive Disease

Seventy million Americans live with a digestive disease. The GI Research Foundation is at the forefront of science and discovery, partnering with the nationally-ranked University of Chicago Medicine Digestive Diseases Center to transform their lives.

Board of Directors

A group of passionate individuals, committed to providing relief and hope for digestive diseases patients and their families.

Kathryn Karmin Shafer
Principal, Thomas Shafer Architects LLC

Yekaterina Chudnovsky*
Attorney, Executive

Howard A. Grill*
Vice President of Finance/Treasurer
CFO, The Alter Group

Brad Peterson
Executive Vice President, Guaranteed Rate

Mark A. Waldeck
Vice President of Marketing
Office President, CRC Group – Chicago

Benjamin Pogofsky
Vice President of Board Development
Vice President, JP Morgan

Biana Lanson, MD
Vice President of Research Grantmaking
Partner, Ear, Nose & Throat Center, LLC

Murray Alscher
DLN Real Estate Advisors

Scott Attar
AMP Outdoor Billboard Advertising

Eric Berlin*
Partner, Dentons US LLP

Michael P. Cogan*
Partner, Cogan & Power, P.C.

Russell D. Cohen, MD
University of Chicago Medicine

Steven R. Davidson*
Partner, Denton’s

Jeffrey A. Fine
Of Counsel, Kirkland and Ellis, LLP

Danny Goldberg
Associates Board President
Cook County States Attorney

Peter D. Goldman
President, Reed-Union Corporation

Heidi Henderson
Client Associate, JP Morgan

Karyn Hurwich
Real Estate Professional

Matthew Lebenson
Finance Director, Live Chat, Inc.
Partner, Lodge Financial

Jonathan Merel
Founder, Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.

Benjamin S. Riback
Managing Director, William Blair

Sy Taxman
Taxman Corp.

* Past President

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